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Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Boston, MA
617-223-8666
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Ranked #21 of 213 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: National Parks, Islands
Activities: Hiking, Motor-boating, Camping, Fishing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil... more » Owner description: This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, George's Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners. Visitors to the 12 islands open for exploration can camp, kayak, tour lighthouses, ride harbor ferries, hike and swim. « less
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Natick, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We have gone to George's Island on multiple occasions, this year my kids and I went to Bumpkin and Lovell Island(s) they are just an awesome fine! You can hike and explore and you get one of the BEST views of Boston anywhere! You need to take the ferry to George's and then jump on a smaller boat (at no... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

then this is it ! We visited Boston in August, having previously lived there for 25 years, and the Boston harbor Islands 90 minute tour is the best. Great narration, wonderful explanation of history, gorgeous views, and it happened that the USS Constitution was out in full sail during our excursion. WOW !

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

nothing I enjoy every moment and me and my family have a good time and we have a friend that was visiting and she love the place also I will define go back again

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lakeville, Indianna
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The day was sunny in the 80s with a breeze. We took the boat to Spectacle Island and went on a very interesting tour, where it had been used for the dying horses in the early 1900, and a glue factory and dogfood, then used for Bostons dump, and set on fire where it burn for I think 10 years,... More

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We only had time to do one island this time around and choose Georges Island and wandered around Fort Warren. We opted out of the guided tour and had a very enjoyable time walking around the old fort. We took beautiful pictures and really enjoyed ourselves. They have some cool things for kids, like revolutionary dress up and a vintage... More

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Chicago IL
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64 reviews 64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Starting with a half hour boat ride at 9 AM with a tour guide pointing out ALL sites on both sides of the harbor entrance from the Marriott past the No Name Restaurant and commercial fishing pier on the right and past the airport on the left. George Island with Fort Warren is full of history from its start during... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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41 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We spent all day on Spectacle Island. It's beautiful! The hike to the top of the hill is easy and leads to gorgeous views of the Boston sky line. We hiked to the top and ate our picnic lunch.

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Plymouth, MA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

On a recent, beauti ummer day, we took a ferry to George's Island. We caught a ferry from Shipyatd Lane in Hingham, MA. It is a 20 minute ride. Another place to catch the ferry is at Long Wharf in Boston. Once arriving, you can go to the Visitor's Center where there is an exhibit on the history of the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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105 reviews 105 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Each island is different and each has a story. George's Island is a popular day trip for hiking and picnicning plus a wander around the Fort, and is accessible by ferry, while others can only be accessed by private boat. They are a great place for an outing on a beautiful day!

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Cancun, Mexico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

we took the commuter ferry from Boston to Salem and back. one of the crew gave a talk and had many wonderful facts that he shared. definitely worth the trip to see the harbor and islands from this lovely ferry and spend the day exploring Salem.

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